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Title:The war on terror and the crisis of postcoloniality in Africa
Author:Omeje, KennethISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 0850-7902)
Volume:11
Issue:2
Pages:89-114
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Africa
United States
Subjects:foreign policy
terrorism
postcolonialism
politics
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009--Political aspects
International relations and terrorism
Terrorism--Political aspects
Abstract:The emerging politics and discourses of imperial chaperoning in Africa, and how African political regimes relate to them, midwifing, facilitating and trying to maximize the political and economic opportunities and possibilities attendant to the process, attest to the contemporary reinvention of postcoloniality. The US-led war on terror tends to reinforce the crisis of postcoloniality in Africa by deliberately producing metaphors, images, discourses, doctrines and policies aimed at magnifying and mainstreaming terrorism scares on the turbulent politico-economic landscape of Africa, as a means of justifying imperial governance and supervision. It is a project that ideologically feeds into influential transhistorical discourses and the portrayal of Africa as a timespace of infantilism, requiring endless Western propping and chaperoning. Evidently, African political regimes serve as satellite collaborators in the enterprise, in a trajectory that the author captures within the discursive framework of postcoloniality. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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